Untitled

Untitled

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On Untitled, Smog protégé Cynthia Dall collaborated with Smog's Bill Callahan, Jim O'Rourke, and others to create a remarkable collection of avant-garde rock. The disc starts off with the haunting piano of "Christmas (California)." The mood softens on "Berlin, 1945," led by Dall's calm and reflective vocals. The intensity again picks up on "Lion Becomes Dragon," led by Callahan's frantic guitar and O'Rourke's haunting piano. Things really get interesting on "Holland," with cello by Marika Hughes and co-vocals by Callahan. Bagpipes are even featured on the song. "For Tiara" is a piano instrumental by Dall. Callahan again appears on vocals on "Grey and Castles," which sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a Smog song, complete with viola by Benjamin Barnes. The disc closes with the light and dazzling "Aaron Matthew," which gives way to an untitled bonus track on which Dall's voice is the lead instrument, backed by a slow and deliberate piano line. The album was produced by O'Rourke and Tom Mallon in 1996. In the end, the self-titled release by the puzzling band called Untitled served as a footnote in the history of lo-fi experimental rock. The music's texture and bizarre appeal left fans of Dall andSmog craving for more.